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Grand Cru - Dick's Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2003)
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Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale copper color with a slight head. Sweet smells of toasted caramels and brown sugar. Taste is massive fruity sweetness; plums, raisons, cherries, with a strong alcohol kick and a syrupy mouthfeel. As the brew warmed to room temperature the flavors and alcohol tang mellowed nicely. A tasty brew for sure.

beerceller99, Sep 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Florescent orange body with a small head that went down quickly.

Smell – The light malt aroma gives way to the traditional super-sugared orange.

Taste – The sugar comes out in force in the taste. The table, brown, and powdered sugars make your lips sticky. The malt base though fades a bit at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – I know Grand Cru isn’t a highly-carbonated style, but this was a little thin and boring for me in the mouth.

Drinkability – Not bad, but not one I’d buy again.

Comments – I’m a HUGE Grand Cru fan and very open-minded to different interpretations of the style (I rated the New Belgium, Abbaye des Rocs, & Cantillon all about the same), but this one left me cold.

RoyalT, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice head. Retains well. Golden color. clinging layered lace. Looks good.
Sweet smell with nice undefinable flavors filling the glass.
Taste is mildly sweet. Very pleasant. Very enjoyable.
A Belgian Strong Ale or a Tripel? Maybe it's just me but I can't tell the difference.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very enjoyable with absolutely no cloy start to finish.
A worthy effort that deserves more respect in my opinion.

NWer, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single 12 ouncer at Ardsley, N.Y.'s DeCicco market. Pours hazed/cloudy honey amber, under a nice tight medium tan head, that stays and stays, leaving thick sheeting and ample strands and smaller bits of lacing. Fruity nose infused with melon and honey.

Sweet, melon, tropical fruit life savers, honey, with a faint hint of smoke. Seems the more recent reviews are more positive, older ones tend to dismiss this one as way overly sweet. I'd say its just too sweet, not way too sweet. I dont find it cloying. I find it to be enjoyable and tasty, h/e does lack the complexity and depth of flavors of the heavy weights of the style.
Final pours adds a load of yeast to the glass, offering a nutty, yeasty, yummy final bonus

Billolick, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Griffith, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of dukew456
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Dark orange/amber, with a nice 1 finger head. Unfortunately the head isn't as dense as I expected, nor does it stick around very long. Lacing is good though.

An almost berry-like fruitiness is in the nose, backed up by the more traditional belgian odors of sweet candi sugar and that yeasty goodness we know and love.

This is a strange tasting interpretation of "Belgian Abbey Ale." Cloying sweetness up front, but with a weak sourness. These two fight it out throughout the experience, and the taste benefits from it. This is a little bit overcarbonated, but that kind of complements the identity crisis going on here.

I think it's a stretch to call this a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale," and maybe I should note that on the bottle this beer is just a generic "Belgian-Style Abbey Ale." That being said, this beer is kind of in the midst of an identity crisis. There's a belgian sour aspect vying with a belgian pale ale throughout. Maybe this will be better with age.

dukew456, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of tjcamm
3/5  rDev -17.1%

tjcamm, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a dark orange amber with nice carbonation. Half finger white head and light lacing. Faint sweet malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing aroma. Sweet malt, dark and light fruit up front with a strong orange rind component. Quite sweet and almost syrupy. Finish is surprisingly dry with a bit of a hop bite. An odd metallic flavor in the finish possibly due to spicing. Pleasant enough start, but the finish is not well done. Not well integrated. A miss.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this aged bottle...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of Belgian citrus, light caramel, cream, and doughy bread.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with orange candy and that doughy Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fruity presence that washes along the tongue and palate.

weeare138, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of BeerTwins
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber with a medium creamy head. Alcohol very evident in the smell. Mouth feel was smooth and whiskey-like. Flavor was very sweet and somewhat fruity but sort of overpowered by the alcohol heat. Defininately an ale to be savored. Would be very nice on a cool evening.

BeerTwins, Sep 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 28, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy light copper with a medium cream colored head that goes away quickly, good lacing.

smell of nuts, prunes, raisins, grape, and roasted caramel.

taste is thick and oily, tart, fruits of pears and prunes, some caramel, some nuts, and some spice.

froghop, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of deeplennon
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... I love Dick, I do.. I've tried all his beers. Some of them are not bad, though most are extremely average. This is the last of his three Belgians that I've tried and it's my favorite of the trio by far. A fact which is not surprising to me after trying Dick's other two Belgians, after which I was pretty sure the man knew squat about the land of godly beers. While his triple is fairly faithful in flavor profile (but not very good and woefully under carbonated), the Silk Lady isn't a beer that would be brewed by any Belgian in the history of man - the only thing I could note that was Belgian about it was the yeast.

Unsurprisingly based on the weird characterics of Dick's other two Belgian offerings, this beer is grossly mis-classified on both this site and on it's own label. No "Grand Cru/Belgian Abbey Ale" (dick) or "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" (beer advocate) has ever tasted or looked anything like this. It's closest in style to a Flanders Red (though stronger in alcohol) in both color and flavor profile, and in fact probably the best American example of a Flanders Red I've ever had, whether it was intentionally brewed as such or not. (Do people really like La Folie THAT much?)

Being that I love a good Flanders Red and all of that style's sweetart goodness, I quite like this one and I'll pick it up whenever I see it. It's the best beer in Dick's entire line for me.

***

Update.. the 07 version of this is very very different from my initial review, now gone are all sour characteristics and what is left is a pretty standard american interpretation of a belgian strong dark. The redness of the color in the 06 was also gone.

deeplennon, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/copper color with barely any head at all. What little head there is goes away pretty quickly.

S: Big and boozy on the nose with some hints of raisin, brown sugar, plum, belgian yeast and alcohol.

T: Lots of sweetness upfront with some heavy malt sweetness, brown sugar, something that tastes like a syrup made from fig, oak, nutmeg and a slight nuttiness on the finish. A little too sweet and syrupy for me.

notchucknorris, Aug 10, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a dry, tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a sweet and rich malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes tart and fruity. It has an excellent flavor that isn't really very dry, but has a good yeasty finish to compliment the malt bill. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable Belgian ale. I love the taste. It has a rich flavor that is not that complex, but very tastey.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2005
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up very little head which has equally bad retention. The head is light beige/khaki while the body is a muddy, dark amber with hints of chestnut and looks a hazy, medium to dark amber in the light. Some spots of lacing.

Nose- Dominated by fruit esters. Starts off with lots of apple which tends toward applesauce. Mix in a little brown sugar. Some light notes of darker fruits, maybe plum. Hints of citrus, mostly lemon. Some peach. An undercurrent of bananas and rounded cloves. Some molasses. Seems somewhat in between a Dubble and a Tripel at this point.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the s but just not as complex. The apple seems to dominate and seems somewhat generic. I would also agree with other reviewers that it is a little too sweet on the front. At least for the moment. Some banana that seems to be in the wrong place on the palate followed by ashy clove that mixes with a bit of woodiness on the finish which makes me think of slight earwax. Some brown sugar and molasses. Certainly messy with some presence, perhaps too much. Pretty much what one should expect for a beer of this style that costs 2.29 a bottle. Not bad and the flaws are minor but it seems flabby. Banana seems to find itself closer to its proper spot but becomes more generic. Doesn't show any of its 10 percent. Has some aspects of a BDSA but seems more like a cross between a Dubbel and a Trippel, not that either of those are strictly defined. I like the effort but this is pretty much above average for me. Too much sugar. A little bit of cinnamon that hits me the wrong way at the moment. This will work for the right person.

Mouthfeel- More than medium bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. Mild carbonation. Pretty smooth but seems a little to heavy for the style- I think I would prefer it cleaner and more effervescent.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing despite the sweetness. Shows no real alcohol and the price is right at 2.29 a bottle. I'm very particular about Belgians so this will probably not be a repurchase.

Overall- Above average. Not exactly sure what style they were shooting for but it seems closer to one interpretation of the Dubbel (the interpretation that I like the least). A fairly good attempt and worth a try. It's good for the price.

artoolemomo, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MordorMongo, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich mahogany brown with a slight haze and a nice effervescence. Head pours one finger of creamy ivory foam. A pretty good looking beer.

Smell: musty, slightly fruity aroma with a solid malt component. There's a hint of that band-aid aroma that you get with some darker Belgians, and it works to good effect here. Unfortunately, the aroma on this beer is pretty light, even after letting the beer warm; I would like to get more of it.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a lot more of the musty fruit. It's got just the right amount of dankness for me, which I quite like. The alcohol is a bit in-your-face, but this is still a darn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: just a super silky texture; body is quite thick with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. If only more beer felt this good.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for its huge ABV. If this beer could achieve in the aroma what it achieves in its other dimensions, it could be among my favorite dark Belgian-style ales.

flagmantho, Nov 25, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a very small head, but leaves some lacing. Scents of cherries, hops, and a little soury. This a unique taste of soury/sweet with some good carbonation. Medium body. For 10% ABV brew it's very drinkable. Never had a Grand Cru before so I cannot compare to others, but I do like it.

Wasatch, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA.

A - Reddish in color with good clarity, a thick beige head and loads of lacing.

S - Cherries and cane sugar.

T - Sweet, fruity and a bit sour. The flavor is very rich and the 10% alcohol is well hidden. The flavors were interesting but they didn't seem to fit together. The sourness seemed to want to break loose but the sweetness dominated in a way it shouldn't have.

M - Thick and creamy with a low carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - A little sweet for my taste but decent. Not as complex and balanced as a true Belgian but a nice try.

GJ40, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of loren01
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange color, nice sized head with good lacing
S: Belgian yeast, sweet fruity scents also ETOH scent
T: Sweet...maybe too much sweetness. Apple/pear and dark fruit flavors. Also nice spice flavor in there
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation seems maybe a tad low
O: Pretty good beer, maybe a bit too sweet but overall i'm glad I picked this beer up.

loren01, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a tulp style Delirium glass:

A - Murky dark amber with a decent soapy off-white head that quickly faded to a nice foam. You're able to pour this one quickly with little risk of over flow... Unusual for this style. There's also a nice bubble stream flowing from the bottom of the glass. Zero lacing remains

S - Very fruity (orange) scented, smells like an abbey... Lots of honey scents with a wood undertone. Great use of yeast

T - Very good, a great extra pickup. Much better than the label implies... A little alcohol sits on the back of your throat, but for 10% I can't complain. This one could handle sitting for sometime

M - Very smooth and creamy. Elegantly carbonated with great yeast esters

D - Very good, it's strong, and it brings you back quickly for another sip. YUM

A very good brew, surprisingly good! Thanks for the extra addition to a great trade!

Cheers Steve!

chugalug06, Apr 08, 2011
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Grand Cru from Dick's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.